Almost free robo mower

We’ve always felt that the hacker community is a unique one. Make reader [Gnomic] is reinforcing that feeling by running his own contest with unused equipment. [Gnomic] is offering a free Robot lawnmower to someone, as long as they send the completed project writeup to Make.  The mower is a Robomower RL 850 and you have to pick it up in Richmond Va. To enter, you have to email [Gnomic] your proposal within the next 10 days. He will then choose what he feels would be the most interesting one to give the mower to.  We’d love to see one of our readers get in on the action with this one. We would really love to see our logo on the final robot when it gets published to Make.


  1. biozz says:

    i wonder how he got so many mowers that he was willing to give them away O_o
    and why mowers? XD

  2. John Avitable says:


    I think you just answered your own question. Some company probably donated them and thus that’s why they’re doing it with mowers. :P

  3. andrew says:

    I wonder if he’s willing to ship it (assuming the winner pays of course).

  4. biozz says:

    @John Avitable
    i bet XD

  5. Digital says:

    I’ve always wanted one of those, but the wife won’t let me… she says it’s too dangerous. I tell her that we live in an area that is constantly under siege from bears and the like. She says, screw you, I don’t like it. stupid non techie women.

  6. sam says:

    here is some information on that thing… i have a half broken in yard …

  7. polossatik says:

    Is that waterproof? might be handy to shave your armpits.
    Or make a superdupe Roomba for ballrooms..

  8. sam says:

    sorry to disturb again …
    more pics und infos on a RL 500 (looks same as my RL1000) in german …

  9. Cbob says:

    Considering the yard of the place we’re renting is about 4x this things max cap, I’d bet better off stripping parts off of a Roomba & playing Frankenstein w/the riding mower.

  10. Life2Death says:

    I wish they’d build logic into stuff and make it mow logically in paths…

    There is a vac that can do this now and follow around objects. FAIL EVERYONE.

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